Generally people who are buying wholesale vintage fashion; they do it because they are reselling it. So, here we will cover some tips on buying bulk. This will also be just as helpful to those who are not buying bulk.
Definition of Wholesale Vintage Fashion:
The actual word, vintage, in translation, comes from aged wine. So, in the case of clothing, this means it is aged clothing. The only difference with fashion is it is still fashionable and in wearable shape. You need to be aware of the years that encompass vintage. As time goes on the years will change. However; the beginning year will always be 1920 and for a while the acceptable end date is 1980.
Niche Up your Wholesale Vintage Fashion Business
This means, yes, like branding you should figure out your focus. Are you going to focus on bags and shoes or jeans and shirts and blouses. There is a lot of stuff here to think about. So, it only makes sense that you narrow your focus.
OK so for example you want to focus on bags and shoes. Now, the next thing you need to narrow down and focus on is if you will handle brand names or off brands and whether it will be high-end or average.
After you figure that out, then the last thing in this area to think about is if you will buy local or from another continent. And whether you will go yourself or send a buyer or order on line.
Decide on Budget and Pieces
Make sure you know how many pieces make a full store for you. Take a look at your storage space and your floor space. Are you selling from home online or do you have a storefront? This is crucial for you to know in order to have successful budget. Now, you can look at what you are willing to spend for your full stock and then figure out what you want to spend per piece.
Start Shopping Around
This can be a daunting thing at the beginning. But once you get the hang of it, it just gets easier. The first places you need to shop are the charity shops and the textiles reclaim centers and they are sometimes called banks. Research the internet and some of your local news papers for wholesalers that you can make deals with. Once you have stock then you can work out trade deals. Make sure you keep a database and network with follow up. This way, they have you in mind. Why? Because you will be doing customer swaps a lot. For example, you may carry a specialty item that a customer of theirs wants. If you are the go-to person for that item you will have gained a customer. And a small referral fee may not hurt either. It is an incentive to get others in the same business to call you. There is no reason to fear competition, everyone has a niche. Networking and helping each other out works in the end.
Make Good Use of Warehouses
Warehouses may just allow you a sneak peak at pre-packaged clothing before you purchase it. This is a common practice when you can find it because you get the chance to check the quality of the garments.
Hunt for Discounts
Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts from a supplier. Of course this is assuming you have them which you should if you are selling wholesale vintage fashion.
The wholesale vintage fashion business is a challenging, fun and rewarding one if you know when, where and how to look!